Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West: Address, Phone Number, Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
4.5
Natural History Museums • Aquariums
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!
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SharonB231
Toledo, OH1,011 contributions
Closed
Apr 2021 • Couples
This discovery center is currently closed. You will walk or ride past it on your way to the beach. There were no signs indicating when it would reopen. Ww were there on April 19th.
Written April 29, 2021
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Monet3103
Clarion, Pennsylvania86 contributions
Not open
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was one of the places that we wanted to visit on our trip to Key West this year. But after walking down there we found out that it is closed until further notice. Make sure you check their website or call before you make the trek down there.
Written March 12, 2021
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Michael N
2 contributions
Marine learning for adult and kids
Dec 2019
This is a truly wonderful place and it's free "although I always drop something in the donation box" with a small movie theater that show a 20 minute very well done movie about the marine environment,a mockup of an undersea laboratory you can go in and an aquarium
Written November 11, 2020
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IconCities
West Palm Beach, FL140 contributions
Coral Reef Education, Marine Life
Feb 2020
Had a very difficult time finding this gem. Our phone app and GPS had us going in circles, but when we did arrive there was free parking and free admission. Even though it's a small museum discovery center and we spent less than an hour visiting it,
We especially liked the underwater ocean lab and learning about corals and symbiotic relationships.
Written July 11, 2020
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Hola4876
Lansing, MI899 contributions
Surprisingly Well Done!
Feb 2020
We went here because we were leaving Key West and going to another Key and had a few hours to waste. What a pleasant surprise to find this was not wasted time at all. This Discovery Center is very well done & worth a visit. There is a movie showing underwater footage; it's interesting but it drove me nuts that the lady swimming/snorkeling with the animals can apparently hold her breath for 15 minutes. It would be just as good of a movie with just the animals & vegetation.
Written March 24, 2020
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Warren H
Buffalo, NY102 contributions
Interesting and informative
Mar 2020
Small museum with a short but enjoyable movie. Exhibits were well thought out and interesting. Aquariums were well maintained and attractive.
Written March 15, 2020
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Deborah C
Rotonda West, FL531 contributions
Very informative
Mar 2020 • Friends
Three of us stopped in to this free exhibition and enjoyed it tremendously. Great presentations on the ecosystem of the Florida Keys and how fragile it can be. Well laid out and would be fun for children too. Free admission and parking near Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Also nice to be away from the busy downtown area for awhile and the free Duval Loop bus stops about a block from here. Great place to visit.
Written March 7, 2020
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Nancymac55
Falmouth, MA24 contributions
Educational and very interesting.
Mar 2020
Excellent introduction to the Keys ecosystem. Well laid out, lots of visuals, friendly staff.no cost, donations accepted!
Written March 4, 2020
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John Noel B
Oil City, PA31 contributions
Excellent Introduction to Local Ecology
Feb 2020
My wife and I highly recommend a stop at this center. It provides a great introduction to the Keys ecosystem. I think it would be especially valuable for children. The staff deserves a shout-out for their friendliness and knowledge. An added bonus is admission is free, but please do donate.
Written March 2, 2020
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DuluthJack
Naples, FL30 contributions
Visit to Eco-Discovery Center
Feb 2020
We enjoyed our visit to the Center - it was small enough to be informative without being exhausting. We were particularly interested in the well-done presentation on reefs. Excellent descriptive narrative throughout the Center. Uncrowded, even on a peak week in town with two large cruise ships in port besides. It's a bit away from most attractions, so you have to search it out - for us, it was well-worth the search.
Written February 28, 2020
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